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#2625 Re: NNFN!!!!
June 09, 2020, 04:48:57 pm
Iíve spent the day crawling around the roof space of the Bunker, trying to fit a rather large new ventilation system. This is not a fun activity in a 200 year old building. Lots of big hammers, smashing down walls and power tools. Very therapeutic.

I am definitely struggling, but will find a way through.
Yesterday was hard.

I got an email from the Navy, after six weeks of silence, saying the role will be going ahead, but nobody knows when. Thats more than six months now of on again off again.

I got an email from the RFA, requesting more info and all of my original certificates etc, except, I sent all of my certificates to the MCA two days before lockdown, to renew my CoC (license, if you will) and now theyíre stuck in some abandoned office waiting for the MCA to recommence operations. They sent me a temporary, PDF, CoC, so I can work legally, but the RFA donít seem able to grasp this.

Then, in the afternoon:

I got a phone call, from Jan Van den Berg, my boss from 20 odd years ago who recommended me for the General manager/MD role at the shipyard in Dubai. He tells me he wants me out there as his technical Manager and I should expect a call, imminently, from the Chairman of the group.
Iím still waiting. 

Itís not the first time Jan has promised me a role. Itís the third time in two years. Last time I was almost booking tickets.

Then I get home to a seriously upset Polly, whoís been getting worried messages from all directions, that weíre about to have the protests arrive on our doorstep.

It is looking much less likely to get out of control or even become much of a thing, this afternoon.

These things are just the stuff that have arrived in the last few weeks. They donít sound bad in isolation, but itís been almost two years since we realised we couldnít continue as we were and itís taken that long to even generate such tenuous employment offers and I have had to spend almost 5k to renew my licenses (even then Iím going to have to find work before I can think about Professional Institute fees and trying to get all those corporate memberships back, so I can tack the letters on to my name again. Ironically, no letters, means a harder job hunt in the first place).
You cannot just get back on the horse after a seven year career break.

Itís all very first world problem, all a bit middle class angst.

I tried applying for a few lower level positions, even technician roles (I mean, somewhere back in the mists of the last century, I was a time served apprentice, Master Craftsman and Artificer) but got knocked back as ďover qualifiedĒ repeatedly.

I feel pretty bloody useless, actually.

What I mean is, sorry for snapping, I get how it looked.

And thanks for the support, too.

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#2626 Re: NNFN!!!!
June 09, 2020, 05:43:28 pm
Yikes. Anxiety can make the worst outcome seem the most likely one. Hope it calms down.

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#2627 Re: NNFN!!!!
June 09, 2020, 05:52:10 pm
Sorry you're struggling Matt, hope things improve. And sorry for the harsh reaction; I'm easily triggered atm but that's no excuse.

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#2628 Re: NNFN!!!!
June 09, 2020, 06:11:25 pm

Itís all very first world problem, all a bit middle class angst.


It's not. They are real problems, each of which would be hard to deal with, but collectively must be overwhelming. If this is one of your few places to vent your concerns, anxieties, or anger, then please fire away if it helps. All we can do is try to understand your burden, and try to offer support where possible. This is a fucked up time for everyone, but hopefully won't be forever. The sun always rises even if you can't always see it for clouds.

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#2629 Re: NNFN!!!!
June 09, 2020, 06:26:23 pm
It sounds a fucking nightmare Matt. I thought I was having a bad day as two of my birthday presents have been lost/ nicked by the carriers.
Hang in there.

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#2630 Re: NNFN!!!!
June 10, 2020, 07:00:10 am
Stay strong Matt.

You are having to deal with a whole host of problems all at the same time, any one of which would be serious on itself. It also sounds like you are knuckling down and making sure you change it, rather than rolling over.

Well done!!!!

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#2631 Re: NNFN!!!!
June 10, 2020, 09:24:15 pm
Only just seen this. Get a diagnosis pretty quickly and consider paying for a scan if advised. A completely ruptured S-L ligament has a relatively short window in which it can be reattached. After that it can only be reconstructed which is quite an invasive operation with poorer outcomes. It's not a ligament you can do without as a lack of one usually leads to problems. Don't want to scare you and it's probably not that if you did it pulling on a sloper (usually caused by falls onto outstretched hands), but it's something you want to get investigated just in case.

Thanks for the advice, I'm quite confident that it is only a minor tear or 'stretch' of the ligament if anything. The pain reduced quite rapidly in the days after I made the post. And has slowly decreased in the weeks since then.

I still have pain now but it is substantially reduced, it's mostly just some discomfort in certain positions. I pretty much have full range of mobility, press ups/mantling are a bit uncomfortable, but are still manageable.

If it stops improving I think I'll get it scanned at The Clinic, but doesn't seem necessary at the moment.

I've since done the problem I sprained it on, and done plenty of mileage during the good weather, so spirits are pretty high about it at the moment.

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#2632 Re: NNFN!!!!
June 29, 2020, 11:07:51 pm
Obviously extremely minor in the grand scheme of things but the thought of another two weeks (at least) stuck inside in Leicester while everyone else continues life as normal is distinctly shit this evening.

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#2633 Re: NNFN!!!!
June 29, 2020, 11:55:29 pm
That does suck! Are there any suggestions as to the cause of the spike?

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#2634 Re: NNFN!!!!
June 30, 2020, 08:28:16 am
Abandon ship ASAP. Bivvy beneath the cornice and catch fish in the Wye.

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#2635 Re: NNFN!!!!
June 30, 2020, 11:55:31 am
Dunno if this holds any water b it lads Iím working with were saying they were in Leicester early in lockdown and have been saying it seemed like business as usual.

Donít know how much truth there is in that.

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#2636 Re: NNFN!!!!
June 30, 2020, 12:05:14 pm
Here you go, Jim. Should keep you entertained and inspired.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0009jkb/episodes/player

Alternatively, I think jumping the wire on a motorbike works, but only if there's only one fence. Not sure if your van has got the revs for it.

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#2637 Re: NNFN!!!!
July 16, 2020, 01:46:50 pm
Just as things were starting to fall into place as I was getting back to strength, my wrist has flared up again. Think it may be from the cortisone shot wearing off  :wall:8 months injured out of the 15 Iíve lived here and counting...

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#2638 Re: NNFN!!!!
July 16, 2020, 02:15:03 pm
Just as things were starting to fall into place as I was getting back to strength, my wrist has flared up again. Think it may be from the cortisone shot wearing off  :wall:8 months injured out of the 15 Iíve lived here and counting...
Sorry to read that. From my personal experience, I strongly suggest that you stop the cortisone and look for a long term fix.

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#2639 Re: NNFN!!!!
July 16, 2020, 02:20:08 pm
+1 on that. They are only supposed to be a one off, and repeat treatment is apparently not recommended. I had one injection in my thumb about 5 years ago, and it's still noticeably thinner than the one on the other hand.

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#2640 Re: NNFN!!!!
July 16, 2020, 02:41:21 pm
Yeah that's what I've heard. Thing is that I had five months off for this over winter for the MRI to come back and say there was effectively nothing wrong with my wrist, just some inflammation of a minor muscle. The cortisone shot worked a dream (I've had past experience of cortisone doing bugger all)...

I think this pain may be a culmination of all my wrist ailments. Broke it 12 years ago, ulnar head issues 4 years ago, this recent one all on the same wrist

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#2641 Re: NNFN!!!!
July 16, 2020, 04:17:18 pm
Thatís very frustrating. Time for a second opinion?

A couple of general observations. Firstly, youíre not a small man and you have a climbing style thatís quite demanding on your joints. Secondly, I could be mistaken, but my impression is youíve resumed full-blast climbing quite quickly after youíve recovered from injuries. Itís possible the connective tissues (tendons, ligaments) have not had a chance to rebuild after the lay-off. All this leaves you prone to re-injury. 

Along with whatever medical intervention you have, a combination of long-term protective/preventative exercise programme and some movement coaching might make you a bit more resilient. And easing yourself back into things a little more gradually. An expert coach and/or specialist physio. might help with these.

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#2642 Re: NNFN!!!!
July 16, 2020, 06:30:46 pm
That definitely could be it, Iíve felt my return has been slow but perhaps not slow enough. Seeing a specialist tomorrow, will see what he says...

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#2643 Re: NNFN!!!!
July 16, 2020, 09:03:30 pm
Poor Coops, good luck with it.

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#2644 Re: NNFN!!!!
July 23, 2020, 04:29:30 pm
Specialist fairly useless, touting that this was likely just irritation of the TFCC. I asked him what I could do to prevent recurrent injuries like this in future, he said stop climbing... Should have walked out of there then... He suggested another cortisone shot (different location and also neither were into tendons so apparently multiple would not degrade tissue) and I've booked to see a physio to get advice on long-term solutions. I've found a load of strengthening exercises that I've started and intend to continue with and have also contacted a movement coach for once I'm back on the wall... Also hoping to do some multi pitch trad while I'm getting back into bouldering

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#2645 Re: NNFN!!!!
July 23, 2020, 04:54:26 pm
Go and a proper climbing physio, feels like there are more and more in the US. Worth a drive to find a good one..
Eg maybe:

"Zack DiCristino, MSPT, OCS, SCS (US)
I am a Board certified orthopedic and sports specialist.

I have been climbing for 20 years and practicing Physical therapy for 15 years. I worked at Stanford University Athletics for 8 years with collegiate athletes from 36 different sports. I have been working with recreational and professional climbers for 8 years. I currently am the Lead Physical Therapist for the USA Climbing Team and am based out of Vail, Colorado.

zgdicristino[at]gmail.com"


off: https://climbingphysios.com/boardmembers/

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#2646 Re: NNFN!!!!
July 23, 2020, 05:22:29 pm
I was going to say the same, if you are in CO you must be spoilt for choice. I guess there may be an issue with being able to use insurance or not?


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#2647 Re: NNFN!!!!
July 23, 2020, 05:32:28 pm
I've found a load of strengthening exercises that I've started and intend to continue with and have also contacted a movement coach for once I'm back on the wall... Also hoping to do some multi pitch trad while I'm getting back into bouldering

Life got in the way of me seeing a physio about my wrist issues but (wholly unsurprisingly) following the advice given (when finally sought) and doing the exercises really helped progression. The initial exercises were as simple as gripping a rolling pin and essentially opposing the force applied by my other arm 6 times for 30 seconds at a time. It was remarkable how tired that made my wrist feel.

Progress still seems slow mind you (+7 months) but I'm now doing less things that make me wince with pain. Best of luck with it.

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#2648 Re: NNFN!!!!
July 23, 2020, 05:34:54 pm
Cheers, have set up a free virtual consult with a climbing physio for later today, definitely keen to seek as many opinions as possible

 

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